5 Common Problems Faced by PC Gamers and How to Solve Them
Trust us or not, but playing a game on PCs is the best way to enjoy intense gaming. Obviously, various other powerful consoles like Xbox One and PS4 etc. are available to us, but PC gamers will prefer the huge desktop machines over any console anytime and that is just because of outstanding control you get with keyboard and mouse in your hands.
Still, we can see people moving over to consoles because of their simple hardware. There is no doubt in the fact that PCs are a lot more complex and require high-end standard parts in order to provide an outstanding experience to the gamers. Many times, you might have to upgrade those components and replace them with the latest upgraded models to experience seamless high definition gameplay. And even if you upgrade your system with new components, you can never be fully sure whether the game will run on the desktop or not.
However, it is not the case with gaming consoles as the games released for a particular console will definitely run on it and you don’t have to worry about the internal components, OS or the compatibility of the system as well.
If you are a PC gamer, you might have faced some kind of sluggishness or some other kind of problem while playing multiple games. This is because different games have different requirements for PC and it is possible that your PC might not be able to fulfill all of them. But that does not mean that you cannot resolve those problems. Here in this article, we are going to address few of the most common problems faced by PC gamers along with some solutions that will definitely solve these issues for you.
Glitches which are also known as Artifacts, are very common with games coming with high requirements. Also, one can easily identify them in areas with detailed and dense graphics, in the game. There might be some distortion in the game geometry or texture, some of the graphical pieces might be missing, some areas of the game might be pixelated, awkward colors might occur during gameplay or you screen might flicker when you get into combat in the game etc. All these problems will ruin your gaming mood obviously and you definitely don’t want them to be occurring again and again for every other game.
Your graphics card is mainly responsible for these kinds of errors. Basically, your GPU is mainly responsible for sending the game data to other parts and if there is any issue or fumble while transmitting this data, the glitches appear on your screen. If your graphics driver is too old, the best way to resolve the reoccurring glitches is to get a new powerful GPU unit for your system.
Sometimes, the problem might occur because of outdated drivers. The old or beta drivers, which might be already installed on your system, and it may contain glitches or piece of code that might not support the installed GPU unit. You can also check the latest driver for your GPU on the internet and then update it if it is not the latest version.
Another very common cause of these glitches is GPU overheating. As your GPU unit gets old, its efficiency keeps on decreasing. It is possible that after a time, you GPU is not able to handle a very heavy load and might get heated really fast. In some cases, it might also cross the 100 degree Celsius point. In that case, you need to monitor the GPU temperature and if it is touching high figures even for small games, you might have to replace it. You can also take various stress tests available on the internet to determine your GPU capability which in turn will help you to understand the types of games that you can still run on your machine.
Ideally, all the games must run seamlessly on your PC and that too on any kind of platform. But we know that the ideal scenarios do not exist in real life. Freezing or game hanging is a very common problem in which the frame on your screen gets stuck or freezes for few or several seconds thus interrupting your gameplay. In addition to that, the frozen screen might or might not resume after some time and you might have to restart your game, thus losing all your unsaved progress.
These sudden hands occur when your PC runs out of required resources and is mostly dependent upon your PC’s performance. In order to avoid these, you need to check your computer’s processor, RAM, and HDD so that it matches the requirements of the game in which you are facing lags. If they do not meet the requirements, the best solution is to get them upgraded. You can also try to download various graphics drivers and remove the unused applications from your PC to enhance the overall performance of your PC. Obviously, freeing up the system and hard disk memory will help in running the game smoothly, but that is not the permanent solution in case your components do not meet the game specification
Many of the gamers get confused between game freezing and game stuttering. However, both of them are different things. Game stuttering, unlike freezing, occurs at a very high frequency and in addition to that all the lags or hangs that you experience on the screen last for at least 1 millisecond. It is very hard to notice it and is more visible while playing heavy games.
The main reason why the problem occurs is more than one GPU settings. It is possible that you might have two setups on your PC and they might not work in sync. This result in an uneven arrival of various frames which causes stuttering.
However, one of the simplest ways of getting rid of this problem is getting rid of one of the video cards. In case you are not satisfied with any of them, you can disable both and then install the upgraded, latest and the most suitable model to get unhindered gaming experience.
Screen Tearing, as the gamers would understand, is very annoying and especially when you are playing your favorite game. Basically, during screen tearing, the upper and bottom part of your screen splits and they do not align. In some severe cases, the screen might split into many parts as well.
This is one of those issues which occur when your computer is performing normally but your monitor or screen isn’t able to cope up with the game. Most of the screens which generally gamers possess have a refresh rate of 60 frames per second. So, your monitor refreshes the screen 60 times in a second. But it does not mean that your game will run at the same rate. If you games start sending more frames in less time, it is possible that a single refresh might contain data from various frames and which it is not able to handle.
However, there is a very simple solution to this problem called as V-Sync. V-Synch locks the number of frames coming from the game to a certain number (mostly 60 fps) so that your monitor is never under stress. You can also get rid of the problem permanently by getting a better monitor with better refresh rate.
If you are an online gamer, you will understand the pain of online lag. You try to kill your opponent with a gun, you shoot and celebrate his death, but then you realize that it was of no use as he already left while you faced a severe lag. Mostly lags vary between 100ms – 400ms, but they can vary depending upon your internet connectivity. If you are really into online multiplayer gaming, you should have a good internet connection all the time. You might have to pay a certain sum, but that depends upon your budget. But also before you start any game, look for any ongoing downloads or streaming videos that might be eating up your bandwidth.